Environmental Studies Earth Issues Seminars

Coordinated by the Environmental Studies Department, Earth Issues is a series of public lectures and discussions on topics within the fields of Environmental Studies and Environmental Science. The seminars are designed to complement the Environmental Studies curriculum by encouraging students to engage in discussion of current environmental issues, practice life-long learning, and build a sense of academic community.


If you are a student, faculty member, alumnus or professional in the field of environmental studies or environmental science, and you are interested in presenting an Earth Issues Seminar, please let us know. To volunteer as a student host, suggest topics for future seminars, RSVP, or for more information email the Environmental Studies Technician.

Earth Issues Seminar Series - Fall 2014

New this year, the 2014-2015 Earth Issues Seminar Series will be focused on a theme of "science communication".  Speakers will be from a variety of backgrounds including authors, activists, reporters, producers, scientists, educators, and more.  With a limited direct paths into the profession, science communicators take equally diverse approaches to doing their job.  Although they will each bring different experiences, our speakers will be linked by their interest in communicating science both meaningfully and effectively.  The Environmental Studies Department invites and encourages you to attend multiple seminars to experience the diverse field of science communication for yourself.


9/3 (first week of classes) - "Where Have They Been?"  Ice Cream Social and Faculty Presentations.  China, Belgium, Greenland, and more!  Come find out where our faculty have been this summer while enjoying Leo's ice cream and reconnecting with friends.

9/17 - Study Abroad Experiences of ENST and ENSC Majors - if you are interested in presenting, please contact Emily Thorpe at thorpee@dickinson.edu.


10/1 - Contested Energy Extraction:  New research from Pennsylvania to India, Heather Bedi, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Dickinson.  Where and how do we extract energy to meet the demands of our carbon-centered civilization?   What are the social and environmental implications of energy extraction?  

10/15 - Coreen Weilminster, Education Coordinator at the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Reframing the Climate Change Conversation:  Using values, causal explanations, & metaphor to increase public understanding of climate change.   

10/29 - Tim Howard, Producer of Radiolab on NPR.  Stories have the power to move people, to captivate, to inspire, to empower.  But how can we use them to make science more compelling?  Join us as Radiolab Producer Tim Howard walks us through the art of scientific storytelling. Listen to Radiolab's Galapagos episode at http:www.radiolab.org/story/galapagos/


11/5 - "Green City, Clean Waters":  Philadelphia's Management of Urban Water Systems Green Stormwater Infrastructure,  Maggie Allio, Dickinson '05, Watershed Planner at Trans-Pacific Engineering Corp, Office of Watersheds, Philadelphia Water Department

11/19 - Tom Horton, respected nature writer, author of 8 books about the Chesapeake Bay, and former Baltimore Sun environmental writer 


12/3 - To Be Announced

12/10 - Senior Independent Research - Mid-Year Presentations